The Adventurous Lectionary – Palm-Passion Sunday – 2016

Palm-Passion Sunday – 2016 Bruce G. Epperly The Triumphant Entry Luke 19:28-40 Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 The Passion of Jesus Isaiah 53:4-9a Psalm 31:9-16 Philippians 2:5-11 Luke 23:1-49 The order of the day for Palm Sunday involves the interplay of celebration and passion. It is the appropriate theological as well as chronological entry point for the [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Fifth Sunday in Lent – March 13, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Fifth Sunday in Lent – March 13, 2016 Isaiah 43:16-21 Psalm 126 Philippians 3:4b-14 John 12:1-8 Today’s passages invite us to embrace God’s future while honoring the past. Guided by Christ’s vision, we keep our eyes on the prize, constantly moving ahead. Faith tends towards a type of chaos, an [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Fourth Sunday in Lent – March 6, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Fourth Sunday in Lent – March 6, 2016 Joshua 5:9-12 Psalm 32 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 Today’s scriptures reflect on the burden of goodness and the unconditional love of God. Virtually every adult knows the story of the prodigal son, existentially if not biblically. We all know a [Read More…]

Still Operating On Faith: A Painfully True Love Story

Matt Weber’s Operating on Faith: A Painfully True Love Story brings both depth and humor to the challenges of mortality, especially when they affect young adults and come when you least expect it. Martin Luther is noted for saying, “In the midst of life, we are surrounded by death.” Life holds no guarantees and nothing [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Third Sunday in Lent – February 28, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Third Sunday in Lent – February 28, 2016 Isaiah 55:1-9 Psalm 63:1-8 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 Luke 13:1-9 Today’s readings join grace, threat, and hope. We can succumb to temptation, we can be unfruitful, and turn from God, but if we repent, God will provide us with the strength and fortitude [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Second Sunday in Lent – February 21, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Second Sunday in Lent – February 21, 2016 Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18 Psalm 27 Philippians 3:17-4:1 Luke 13:31-35 Today’s readings join fear and faith. As I reflect on the scriptures this morning, we are on the eve of the New Hampshire primary. (By the time you have read this, the primary [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Third Sunday in Lent – February 28, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Third Sunday in Lent – February 28, 2016 Isaiah 55:1-9 Psalm 63:1-8 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 Luke 13:1-9 Today’s readings join grace, threat, and hope. We can succumb to temptation, we can be unfruitful, and turn from God, but if we repent, God will provide us with the strength and fortitude [Read More…]

Yes, We’re Religious But So What?

This post is part of a Patheos roundtable conversation on the new book Life’s Too Short to Pretend You’re Not Religious by David Dark. David Dark presents a clever, imaginative, humorous, and insightful text in his new book, challenging us to fess up to our religiosity. Yes, we are religious, all of us, but the practical [Read More…]

Ash Wednesday: Meditations on Beauty and Mortality

For a while, us Baby Boomers lived in the garden, never expecting to grow old. We hoped that the “better living through chemistry” that inspired our spiritual adventures in the 60s and 70s would continue on into our 60s and 70s and bring us similar medications to prolong the fountain of youth. But alas, Baby Boomers, too, are discovering their [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The First Sunday in Lent – February 14, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – The First Sunday in Lent – February 14, 2016 Deuteronomy 26:1-11 Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16 Romans 109:8b-13 Luke 4:1-13 Today’s readings speak of divine deliverance from the challenges of life. While life holds no guarantees, still God is faithful and responds to our cries for help. Life involves the interplay of call [Read More…]